Past events are organized by academic year. If an event was organized as part of a faculty project, you can find a more complete description on our Projects page.
"The Island President" - Film screening and discussion with Professor Douglas MacAyeal, Geophysical SciencesView Poster
"The Myth of the World's Largest Democracy: Oppression of Marginalized Communities in Northest India - Erenro Leichombam, Founder of the Manipur International CenterView Poster
"Beyond the border buildup: U.S.-Mexico security and migration today" - Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer, Washington Office on Latin AmericaView Poster
"The Black Revolution on Campus" - A discussion with author Martha Biondi, Associate Professor, African American Studies and History, Northwestern UniversityView Poster
"Sharing Our Stories: Exhale's National Pro-Voice Tour, Spring 2013" - University of Chicago Student SeminarView Poster
"The Question of Palestine: Examining the Viability of the One and Two-State Solitions"View Poster
Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director, The Jerusalem Fund Ali Abunimah, Co-founder, Electronic Intifada Mitchell Plitnick, Freelance Writer, former Director at Jewish Voice for Peace and former Director of B'Tselen US Office
"HIV and Human Rights: Lessons from HIV and Drug Use in the US and from HIV and TB Co-infection in South Africa" - Gerald Friedland, MD, Professor of Infectious Dieseases & Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale UniversityView Poster
"Lessons from South Africa: Reflections on the 2005 Same Sex Marriage Decision from the Constitutional Court" - Justice Albie Sachs, Former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South AfricaView Poster
"It's a Girl" - Film screening and discussion, led by Sital KalantryView Poster
Sital Kalantry is a Clinical Professor at the University of Chicago Law School where she founded and is director of the International Human Rights clinic. She has extensive experience using litigation and non-litigation strategies to promote international human rights, particularly women's rights and economic, social, and cultural rights.
"Key Issues in Human Rights" Lecture Series by William F. Schultz, President and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Richard & Ann Pozen Visiting Professor in Human RightsView Poster
May 7 - "Is Human Dignity Inherent? What Torture Has Taught Me" May 13 - "A Conversation about Current Human Rights Challenges" May 21 - "What Human Rights Activists Can Learn from Other Social Movements"
"Privatization and Education: Human Rights Lessons from the Chicago Teachers' Campaigns"View Poster
Panelists: Jesse Sharkey (Vice President, Chicago Teachers Union); David Moberg (Labor Journalist; Senior Editor, In These Times); Susan Gzesh (Executive Director, Human Rights Program; Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago) Moderator: Virginia Parks (Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago)
Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., Memorial Human Rights Lecture:: "What Has the International Human Rights Movement Accomplished?" by Aryeh Neier, Founder of Human Rights WatchView Poster
Aryeh Neier is a leading activist and public intellectual in the human rights movement. Neier founded Human Rights Watch and was HRW Executive Director for 12 years. He is President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundations and was National Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Author of seven books, his most recent work, "The International Human Rights Movement: A History" (2012), analyzes the growth of the modern human rights movement, including its main goals and internal debates.
"Defending Medical Neutrality at the Thai-Burma Border" lecture by Rohini Haar, MDView Poster
"Blacks in and Out of the Left" lecture by Michael C. Dawson with commentary by Robert Gooding-WilliamsView Poster
"Health and Human Rights in Africa: Mental Health and Gender Politics in Post-Genocide Rwanda" lecture by Naasson Munyandamutsa, MD, and Donatilla MukumanaView Poster
Crisis of HumanitarianismView Program
November 15-16, 2013: Forced Migration and Humanitarianism in Global History: The conference participants discussed the conceptual frameworks that have informed reactions to forced migration. The faculty coordinators for this conference were Professor Tara Zahra (History) and Lecturer Andrew Janco (Human Rights Post-doctoral Lecturer). Members of the University of Chicago and local NGO communities also attended. April 25-26, 2014: Crisis of Humanitarianism/ Humanitarianism in Crisis Conference: This conference included scholars working on compassion, mobilization and power in humanitarian thought and practice to interrogate the genealogies of the present moment and to reflect upon the future of a new politics of humanitarianism.